Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients.ย Get your sweet & chocolate fix without the sugar crash!

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles. Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash! Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

It’s about time I lay off the butter.

…well, just for today. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  It’s been way too long since I shared a healthier recipe with you.

So, have you ever had a Lara bar before? Lara bars are my favorite type of healthy snack bar. They are all-natural, vegan, gluten free, and made 100% with whole, natural foods. My favorite flavors are Chocolate Chip Brownie and Cherry Pie. The bars usually only contain nuts, dried fruits, and other whole foods.

I made little bite-sized “truffle” balls over the weekend that reminded me of Lara bars, but without the $2+ price tag. As much as I love healthy snack bars and such, buying them from the store really adds up. If I eat 5 per week at the office, that’s $10 just for work snacks! By making my own, I save money AND I have complete control over the quality of ingredients.

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles. Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash! Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

My little chocolate bites are vegan and gluten free with no added sugars and made with only 5 easy ingredients: dates, peanuts, sunflower seeds, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Thatโ€™s it! I call them brownie truffles because well, they are super fudgy, dense, and moist. Pure energy in quite the natural state! I popped a few of these bites before the gym on Sunday night. I ran like lightning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m not vegan, nor do I follow a gluten free or raw diet, but I love natural treats like these. I have quite a few readers asking me for vegan and gluten free recipes, so I’m happy to share a recent creation with you today. You’ll need a blender or food processor to make them.

I made three different kinds of the truffles:ย  (1) plain, (2) rolled in cocoa powder, and (3) rolled in coconut. You could even roll them in crushed peanuts, crushed pumpkin seeds, or mini chocolate chips.

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

The base of this recipe is pitted dates. I love dates! They are a natural sweetener, also known as nature’s candy. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  There is NO added sugar in these bites; the only sweetness comes from the dates. Pure dates are one of my favorite snacks. Try stuffing them with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips. Simply incredible!

I bought the dates in the produce section of the grocery store. You’ll need 14 whole dates. Some of the dates I bought were much firmer than others, so chopping them all up into small pieces made them easier to blend. You could even soak the dates in warm water to make them softer.

Put the chopped dates and the vanilla extract into the blender/food processor first. 2 hefty teaspoons of vanilla extract. I’m never shy adding vanilla extract to my recipes! The little bit of liquid helps to break up the dates so that is why I add both first. Next, add 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the blender. You don’t want to add the cocoa powder last or you’ll have quite the mess all over your blender. The cocoa powder, dates, and vanilla extract give the truffle bites their intensely fudgy taste.

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The final two ingredients are peanuts and sunflower seeds. I used salted dry-roasted peanuts here because I love how they taste with the sweet dates and cocoa powder. Salty/sweet chocolate treats will always steal my heart!

Mix everything together in your blender/food processor.ย You’ll have to start and stop the food processor a few times and scrape down the sides to really get everything going. It took me about 4-5 minutes to get the ingredients into a thick dough-like lump. It sort of resembles a very thick oily cookie dough when it is done blending together. Keep blending until you reach this point. With this dough, you’re going to roll Tablespoon sized balls with your hands. Once you have them in 18 balls, you can roll each ball into cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or leave them plain.

The bites rolled in cocoa powder were my favorite! The surface of the balls engulfed all of the cocoa powder, making them taste even more chocolate-y!

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

These energy bites a chocolate fudgy flavor, but if you’re looking for an extreme chocolatey truffle, then these aren’t for you. They taste like chocolate, but are made with dates. Not pure chocolate. Still with me? They are a healthier alternative to a box of chocolates. If you’re looking for an intense chocolate dessert, try my Ultimate Fudge Brownies or Death by Chocolate Cupcakes.

I love how simple, elegant, and decadent tasting these bites are. Bonus points that they are made with whole, natural ingredients, and do not contain a trace of processed sugar. Gosh knows I’ve been in a sugar coma lately. What up Red Velvet Swirl Brownies!

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16-18 bites
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients.ย Get your sweet & chocolate fix without the sugar crash!


Ingredients

  • 14 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted salted peanuts*
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • optional for rolling: cocoa powder, shredded coconut, crushed nuts, mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. First, make sure your dates are soft. You may soak them in warm water (and drain them) for 15 minutes before putting into the food processor or blender. OR you may chop them up into very small pieces so they blend easily.
  2. Put all of your ingredients into the blender or food processor, in the order listed, and blend for 4-5 minutes or until a thick oily โ€œdoughโ€ ball is formed. The dough will be oily from the seeds and nuts. You will have to scrape down the sides of the blender/food processor a few times to get all of the dry ingredients to the bottom. Once a dough is formed, scoop the dough (about 1 Tablespoon each) and roll into a smooth ball with your hands.
  3. If rolling into cocoa powder, coconut, etc: spread rolling ingredients onto a plate and roll the moist dough ball around to fully cover.ย Store bites in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Notes

  1. Peanuts: You can use any type of peanut– salted or unsalted– that you prefer.

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140 Comments

  1. These look so, so good, Sally! Like you, I LOVE Larabars but can’t afford them on a regular basis. These energy bites are the perfect solution! I received a food processor for Christmas and have been a little overwhelmed about using it (so.many.parts.!). However, I think these will be the first thing I make with it! Cannot wait!

    1. I got a food processor for Christmas too! I love getting kitchen stuff as presents. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if you try these Cory – I’m a huge fan of lara bars, just not how much they end up costing me over time.

  2. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    These look good! I need to try “healthy” recipes, definitely too much butter, chocolate and cream in my life! Started swimming again so maybe I should start “baking” healthy. Beautiful pictures as always Sally! Have a fabulous week ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I was a swimmer for 12 years Elizabeth! I haven’t swam in a long time. Freestyle was my stroke. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the photo compliment! And let me know if oyu make these sometime!

  3. I made something like this recently!! Dates, walnuts, cocoa powder and vanilla extract… I made them into little “fudge squares.” SO good! I want to make all different varieties…I love a nice, healthy raw vegan treat. I love how something so healthy can really taste so fudgey and delicious

    1. I should make these into fudge squares/brownie shapes sometime Shaina! I went with peanuts instead of walnuts. I’m sure your squares are amazing!

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    This was my blog, circa 2009-2010. I have a post called bites and balls with like 30+ no-bake versions of little ball recipes. At the time, Skylar was teething (wow!) and I remember letting her kind of gnaw on date-balls. And so I had double duty by making so many. Except my photography sucked then. And yours is stunning! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love making at-home things like this and never again do I buy prepared bars! I mean…once you get spoiled on the flavor of homemade, no storebought can compete. Plus the $$ savings!

    1. Skylar’s has grown up so much! And yes, I adore making my own at home. Once time I even made these with a bit of peanut butter and jelly tossed into the blender too. So fun and easy to experiment with dates and nuts.

  5. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says:

    LOVING these, Sally! I love having work snacks on-hand, but I’m not willing to shell out $$$ for something I can inhale in just a few bites. These are the perfect solution! Love the pics with the bites taken out–looks like I’m right there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Crap. Now I need To buy a food processor. Look out world!

    Excited to try these! Loving you as usual. Xoxo and happy V day to you and Kevin!!

    1. Katy! Happy Vday to you too! And I still need to post something about my favorite kitchen tools. Haven’t forgotten about that for you!! xoxo

  7. miruh @ The Caffeine Fix says:

    These look soo good!! i’ve been trying to stay away from snacks… but these would be perfect in small doses. i could still appease my appetite for snacks but still stay on a healthier side.
    thank you for sharing a great recipe!

    1. I usually pop one or two of them when I need a quick bite. They are packed with so many good things and always bring my energy back up! Thanks Miruh!

  8. Back For Seconds says:

    I love eating raw/vegan whenever I can and these sound like something I would love! I bet my babies would even like these! Great recipe – even sans peanut butter ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Oh don’t worry, I’ve added pb to these before too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve had a healthy chocolate desssert–thanks for sharing!

  10. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

    Wonderful recipe and healthy! I have some dates that are looking to be used! Going to give this recipe a try!!

    1. Let me know how you like them Jennifer!

  11. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    I love these kind of snacks. Dates! What a great idea. Usually I use honey for natural sweetening but this would change it up nicely.

  12. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    These look so fudgy!! I need more dates in my life!

  13. I never would have believed that date bites could possibly taste as good and dessert-y as they do until I finally tried a version. Now I’m hooked! Can’t wait to try out your variation – I love the flavor of sunflower seeds – awesome idea to add them, Sally!

    1. It’s so hard to believe how dessert-y they truly do taste until you have one! That’s why I love these. They are secretly dessert-like. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Jess as always!

  14. aimee @ shugarysweets says:

    I used to eat the cherry pie Lara bars ALL. THE. TIME. I was quite addicted. I bet these would be good with some dried cherries too! YUMMY recipe Sally!

  15. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says:

    I’ve definitely had way too much sugar (and an uncharacteristic amount of butter, blaming your recipes!) lately. Nice to see something healthy that looks so tasty.

    1. Glad you appreciate the healthier recipes Kelly! I always question whether or not to post the healthier things that I eat b/c I fear they will be boring for most readers. I appreciate the comment!

  16. I’m so with you on eating healthy, vegan snacks. I was just at Target yesterday looking for something to hold me over while in class all day, and could barely find anything that wasn’t loaded with sugar or unnecessary carbs. So I stuck with the Lara bars- at least it’s all natural sugar! But I love the fact that you created a recipe- very diet friendly ๐Ÿ™‚ I will definitely be making these in the near future!

    P.S- congratulations on your engagement!!

    1. Thanks Lisa!! That’s great to hear. I always rely on store bought Lara bars, but now these are just so much easier and cheaper to make at home. Thank you for the congrats!! Let me know how you like these. Thanks Lisa!

  17. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    I’ve made my own blueberry Larabars before, and they are awesome. I’m with you though – the chocolate chip brownie is the best kind by far. I totally need to give this a try!

    1. I need to try a blueberry version next Eva! Genius!

  18. I love truffles, I love sunflower seeds and I love peanuts! These sound amazing. Definitely something to try.
    Emma xx

    1. Emma, thanks for saying hi! Let me know if you ever give these a whirl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Good idea for squeezing in a healthy recipe! There has to be something to balance out all of the butter and sugar I’ll be consuming this week (and next week.. hello clearance chocolate!). I love Lara bars, so I know i’ll love these too, especially with coconut flakes!

  20. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} says:

    These are right up my alley! I love using dates as a sweetener, they are nature’s caramel. Thanks for posting a healthier, vegan-friendly treat, I will definitely be making these for myself on Valentine’s Day. <3

  21. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I actually haven’t had a Lara bar but I would gladly devour these than those bars any day of the week!

  22. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    I used to eat those bars all the time, but you are right so expensive, and not in the budget now. But a bite sized energy ball made at home with cocoa powder surrounding it? I could get used to these pretty quickly! I am loving the bowls in your pictures!

  23. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    These look so good, it’s hard to believe their healthy!!

  24. Girl, yes, yes, yes! These look great. And I love that they are healthy. I’ve been making a variety of different Lara bars for awhile now, but haven’t tried these. I need to run out and get some dates and then I’m ready to go!

    1. Let me know how you like them Jill! I love Lara Bars!

  25. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says:

    Ok – so these little bites looks like dessert! I can’t believe they’re healthy!! I mean, talk about the best “trick your family into eating healthy” recipe ever!! pinning!!

    1. I agree 100% on all things – can’t believe they are good for you. Thanks for the pin Meghan!

  26. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    OMG STOP IT SALLY! 5 ingredients!? GF?! CHOCOLATEY?! ahem. lol I’m just so excited I accidentally landed on my caps lock ๐Ÿ˜‰ My nana has celiac and these would be PERFECT for her. Delicious, nutritious, and GF without all the crazy ingredients. You are a sweet genius my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. hahah Jess landed on your caps lock. You crack me up! I love that there are no weird or strange ingredients in these. simple and straightfoward!

  27. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    I love date sweetened treats so much more than banana sweetened ones. These truffles look sinfully good, Sally!

  28. Joy @ Baking-Joy says:

    These look fantastic Sally…like you I’m a bit of a health nut at heart, so healthy, tasty snacks with no suspect ingredients is great by me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    It’s hard to even believe your healthy recipes are healthy because they all look so amazing!!

    1. Thanks Ashley! That’s so sweet of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. These look incredible! I would love to try them sometime soon! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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